It’s been a pretty big year for Phil Anselmo. With the 10th anniversary of ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott, his new band Down releasing their new EP: Down IV Part Two, doing a web show with Dave Hill, and just being an all around metal badass. Their new EP especially, which was released in May of last year, was very well received across the board, and was an amazing example of true southern metal. Not only that, but it was released under Anselmo’s own label, Housecore Records, and was recorded in his own studio on his 17 acres in Covington, Louisiana. Now, he’s being recognized for his achievements with a Musical Artist of the year award at the 2015 Presidents’ Arts Awards.
The award seems to be an award for Louisiana innovators and artists, who can make a name for themselves in the state. Among other award winners include poet Alison Pelegrin, and judge Frederick Stephen Ellis. When talking about winning the award on Nola, Anselmo talked about his songwriting, saying:
"Normally, like most bands, the music comes first, then the lyrics. But I'm always jotting down one-liners, or merely words that I may incorporate later. A lyric can inspire a riff, or a piece of music, so to collect as much phonetic info as possible is important. There is rhythm in everyday conversation, and I'm a believer in the fact that all rhythms in music haven't been investigated. That's what makes creating innovative music a blast."
When asked about winning the award, he said:
“to be recognized within the community I'm a part of is perhaps one of the greatest accolades ever.”
"I want to thank all who recognized me and Housecore Records as this year's best constituent, and I hope our local music scene grows more and more, and I hope I can help facilitate a place for the cream of the crop to thrive."
It’s cool to see Anselmo getting recognized as well, as he has mad such a significant contribution to southern loud rock music.
On top of all that, Down has released their music video for ‘We Knew Him Well’, which was filmed at Southport Hall in New Orleans. You can watch the video here: